Program Description

Associate in Science Degree

Respiratory Care is a two-year program that is accredited by the COARC (Commission of Accreditation for Respiratory Care). Upon successful completion, the graduate is eligible to take the National Board for Respiratory Care Examinations. Graduates wishing to continue their education can earn a bachelor’s degree.

In addition to courses in general education, liberal arts, and respiratory theory, carefully selected clinical experiences are provided in area hospitals and health agencies to enable students to develop the skills necessary for successful completion in order to receive credit and progress to the next program level. A minimum grade of 75 must be achieved in all respiratory care courses.

Students contemplating a career in respiratory care must be aware that if they have ever been convicted by a court of law, their records will be subject to review by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration in Respiratory Care upon application to take the examination for registered respiratory licensure. A CORI check will be required for all students before clinical experience.

Respiratory Care is an allied health profession dedicated to the management and care of patients having difficulties and abnormalities associated with breathing. Respiratory care practitioners work under the direction of physicians. Improving the cardiopulmonary health of infants, children, and adults make this an excellent profession with various career possibilities. Employment can be found in hospitals, home care, sales, and education. Currently there is a shortage of qualified respiratory care practitioners. To be considered for admission to this program, the applicant must possess a high school diploma or an equivalency certificate, complete Biological Principles or successfully perform on the Biology Departmental challenge exam as a prerequisite to Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology. Prospective students must attend an information session.

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